I recently bought 2x 3TB External Hard drives…for backup purposes.
For me, being as careful as I am, I need 2 backups. That’s always been my plan..though right now, I only use 1. Backups are the type of thing that you regret not having when it’s too late. I can’t be caught unprepared!
My plan is:
4 frequent backups of important files a year
1 backup of important files + less important files a year
Both sets of files above, including the drive with the original files, will mean I need 3 Hard Drives.
Because you never know when your hard drive might fail and it’s happened enough to me, and my friends, to know I can’t be caught unprepared.
And you never know, someone might break in to your place and steal your computer too…
Realistically speaking, these are my “need to backup frequently, cannot be replaced” items.
80 GB of VHS tape conversions
35 GB of Backup files (can’t be replaced, accumulated in the past 16 years – seriously, i still have .wav files from 1996…)
19 GB of Development files (all my professional and personal web stuff and photoshop stuff…20 GB worth of files)
29 GB of Camera Photos
It’s only…about 160 GB worth
My “Nice to backup” includes
36 GB of Kotobishouho Bishoujo PSDs and images (and this is only like, 1/6 of the files)
17 GB of images/”my stuff” (cool images from anime, comics, fav artists, etc)
17 GB of Anime Intro/Outro files (i can re-make these, if required…though I wouldn’t want to)
40 GB of Programs
That’s about 110 GB
And then all my media files:
22 GB Comics
6 GB Manga
542 GB Movies
21 GB Music
2.55 TB (Terabytes) of Anime, Cartoons, and Shows
and while that totals a lot, 80% of it can be re-obtained so I don’t care if I lose them. I just need to create an inventory list of these items with a little help from my friend Command Prompt: dir /b /s > inventory.txt
Anyways, I need to figure out, how these hard drives will all work together. so that I can backup my stuff on 2 separate hard drives. And for the one I only do once/year, I will try to keep it unplugged and far away from my other computer stuff.
I know it sounds SO OVERKILL but as a person who spends…a lot of time on the computer, I really don’t want to risk losing my stuff.
Okay, that’s all. Need to sleep, have a 1.5 hours development presentation tomorrow (that I’m leading)! YIKES!